ONE of the country’s biggest motorcycle road races is revving up again after an 18-year absence.
The Munster 100 race — which can trace its roots back to 1940 — will take place in Dunmanway, Co Cork, on August 21 and 22, over a 1.9-mile track through the town.
Last summer, the town made headlines when it hosted a friendly between a Liverpool XI and the town’s local soccer team.
Organisers hope the revived Munster 100 will bring another massive boost to the local economy this summer.
Top racers from all over Ireland are expected to compete for a prize fund totalling €30,000.
Previous winners include the late and legendary Joey Dunlop and Philip McCallen, who won the last race in 1992.
The event is being organised by the West Cork Motor Cycle Club in conjunction with the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland (MCUI) and Cork County Council.
West Cork Motor Cycle Club chairman, Jerry Cronin, said they are delighted the event is back.
“The Munster 100 is a race of great historic significance,” he said.
“The first race was held 70 years ago outside Henry Ford’s motor factory and around the Monahan’s Road on a 1.5 mile circuit,” he said. “Over the years the race has been held in Carrigrohane, Clonakilty and Kinsale.”
He said there has been extensive discussions between the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland, Cork County Council, the gardaí and local residents to ensure the event runs smoothly.
Tickets are €5 for the practice day on Saturday and €10 for the race day on Sunday. Children accompanied by an adult will be admitted free.
See westcorkmotorcycleclub.ie or dunmanway.ie for more details.
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